Top BioEnergy Researchers and Innovators Arriving Next Week to Foster U.S.-Israel Collaboration


Washington, DC (April 17, 2013) – More than a dozen of Israel’s top academic and industrial biofuels research scientists and innovators will be arriving in Washington next week to begin a week-long dialogue with their American counterparts at the U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture, and the Navy, FAA and the private sector.  They will be meeting with White House officials and with top government energy program managers and scientists and in Washington, DC and at DOE labs in Oak Ridge Tennessee and in California.  The scientific exchange, April 17th – 25th, has been designed to help build U.S.-Israel collaboration mechanisms for research and innovation to produce alternative fuels (“advanced biofuels”) that can substitute for petroleum-based gasoline, diesel oil and aviation fuel currently produced from imported oil.  The elite Israeli delegation was chosen through a competition held over several months, The U.S.-Israel Bio-Energy Challenge, in which the initial selection was made in Israel and the final participants were selected with input from the U.S. agencies.

bioenergyThe project has been sponsored and coordinated by two U.S. not-for-profit organizations, The Israel Energy Partnership (TIEP) and the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation (USISTF) and by the Israeli Industry Center for R&D (MATIMOP) on behalf of the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) in the Ministry for Trade and Industry.

Project sponsors stress the importance of finding alternatives to petroleum imports at a time when high oil prices once again are a drag on the economy and some oil producing nations are using oil revenues to develop weapons that threaten their neighbors:  “The one-half trillion dollars of oil revenue OPEC nations collect each year provides enormous geopolitical power to nations that oppose U.S. and Israeli interests, helps fund terrorism, undermines peace, and drains money from our economy.  So, this effort to reduce the industrialized world’s dependence on oil imports will be of benefit to both Israel and the U.S.” explained TIEP President Jack Halpern.  “One of the most important benefits will be the reduction of income for Iran, half of whose government revenue comes from the sale of oil.  Without that oil revenue, it will be much more difficult for them to pursue their nuclear ambitions.”

“The Office of the Chief Scientist continues to expand the opportunities for collaboration between academic researchers and industrial enterprises from both countries” said Avi Hasson, Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor. “We support this initiative that can significantly advance the development of applicative solutions for reducing our dependence in fossil oils – an objective that both nations share and strive for.”

“Israel’s role as a scientific, engineering and entrepreneurial leader is well known,” added TIEP Executive VP Neil Goldstein. “Cutting-edge research and development is taking place in Israel in the selection, bio-engineering and modification of fuel feed-stocks; in growing novel feed-stocks on non-arable land and without using fresh water; and in the more-efficient and cost effective production of fuels from feed-stocks using innovative chemical, physical and biological processes.  Building on that research base, we are establishing a scientific, technical and economic collaboration between Israel and the U.S. to help both nations achieve our energy goals.

Eyal Rosner, chairman of the Alternative Fuels Initiative in Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office, added: “Israel is committed to the development and implementation of alternative fuels for transportation.” The Initiative was launched in 2011, and is headed by the Prime Minister’s Office, with the cooperation of eight government ministries. The program has set an ambitious 10 year goal of reducing oil consumption within Israel by 60% by the year 2025. “We believe that by increasing collaboration between Israel and the US we will be able to accelerate biofuel development for the benefits of both nations and for the entire world.”


The U.S.-Israel BioEnergy Challenge: Establishing a Binational Collaboration in Bioenergy

April 2013


The U.S.-Israel BioEnergy Challenge is a collaborative effort between the United States and Israel, and consortia of U.S. and Israeli companies, non-profit organizations, government agencies and research institutions. This initiative will competitively select and create U.S.-based partnerships for research, development and commercialization of biofuels. The BioEnergy Challenge will leverage existing R&D budgets in the U.S. and Israel, with U.S. firms and researchers competing for U.S. funding and Israeli firms and researchers competing for funding under Israel’s Magnet program.  This program is designed to catalyze partnerships among industrial firms, universities and consortia in the United States and Israel to develop and commercialize new biofuels technologies that will lead to greater energy security, economic growth, and job creation in the near term.

Lead Sponsors:  The Israel Energy Partnership (TIEP) is a (501) (c)(3) founded following enactment of the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Program. TIEP has worked since 2009 to build a consortium of institutions within Israel ready to share their intellectual property and work in collaboration with U.S. partners. To establish this consortium, TIEP visited Israel three times to hold meetings with more than 40 energy researchers, energy entrepreneurs, and Israeli government officials.

The U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Israel Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor with a mission of promoting economic growth through innovation. USISTF carries out its mission by promoting mutually beneficial hands-on R&D partnerships among U.S. and Israeli firms, researchers and thought leaders. USISTF also produces the U.S.-Israel Innovation Index, which benchmarks the U.S.-Israel innovation relationship against similar relationships between the United States and eight other countries. Through these efforts, USISTF has strengthened alliances between U.S. and Israeli research, business and policy communities to drive future economic growth and job creation in both countries.

Program Steering Committee:

The U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation (USISTF) and the Israel Energy Partnership (TIEP) are working with the following offices to guide and direct the project:

·         The White House

·         Israel Prime Minister’s Office

·         U.S. Department of Agriculture, Institute of Food and Agriculture

·         Department of Energy, Office of Science

·         U.S. Navy

·         Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation

·         Office of the Chief Scientist of the Israel Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor

·         MATIMOP (Israel Industrial International R&D Outreach Agency)

Program Kick-Off April 17-24, 2013

A delegation from Israel will be visiting the United States from April 17-24 to jump-start the establishment of the collaboration. To create serious opportunities for collaboration on projects of the greatest interest to the United States, the Israeli delegation was chosen through a competitive process. Based on formal submissions, Israel’s Ministry of Trade and Industry made initial selections, and then DOE, USDA, the Navy and the FAA participated in making final selections.  When the Israeli delegation arrives in the U.S. they will be meeting in Washington with an impressive list of nearly all of the program managers and top scientific staff at those U.S. agencies (BER, EERE, NIFA, ARS, etc.) and with leaders at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference.   They then will be traveling to the National Labs at Oak Ridge, TN and Emeryville, CA where they will engage in in-depth conversations with their counterparts there regarding potential research collaboration.

Next Steps:

Assuming these visits are a success, the project sponsors plan to develop an appropriate model structure to support ongoing collaboration between the U.S. and Israel. One model to be considered is the “Magnet” program of Israel’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. Another model is the Techcomm Model of the Center for Innovation in Arlington Texas (a USDA industrial partner). The model must allow for legally sharing Intellectual Property rights, provide potential mechanisms for competitive funding, and provide for efficient and effective research collaboration.

US-Israel Science & Technology


The U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Foundation (USISTF) is a Washington, DC based 501c3 non-profit organization founded by a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Israel Ministry of Economy with a mission of strengthening the scientific and R&D relationship of the U.S. and Israel to promote economic growth through innovation. USISTF achieves its mission by convening U.S.-Israel scientific and industry conferences, producing strategy and policy data and publications and facilitating R&D framework programs that enable joint research activities.

US-Israel Science & Technology – Our Mission


Advancing Science and Technology Through Collaboration

The U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Foundation (USISTF) is a Washington, DC based 501c3 non-profit organization founded by a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Israel Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor with a mission of strengthening the scientific and R&D relationship of the U.S. and Israel to promote economic growth through innovation.

Our Long-Term Objectives

  • Produce annual publications and research that informs and guides policy decision-making
  • Organize and facilitate scientific conferences that bring together high-level stakeholders to keep a pulse on the state of the industry and assess development needs for emerging technologies
  • Build and implement active government programs and bi-national state agreements that best leverage the U.S.-Israel relationship to drive economic growth and technological development
  • Build the infrastructure for long-term U.S.-Israel strategic collaboration and serve as a catalyst for mutually beneficial industrial alliances

US-Israel Science & Technology – Join Us


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Open Positions:

  • Contract Grantwriter

USISTF Seeks Contract Grantwriter:

The USISTF seeks an experienced development writer for freelance, ad-hoc grant writing projects.


• B.A., M.A. or PhD preferred
• Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals
• Attention to detail
• Ability to meet interim and final deadlines
• Ability to manage competing priorities
• Knowledge of fundraising information sources
• Scientific background or experience working in technical/scientific fields preferred
• Track record of writing successful scientific or technical federal, state and local grant applications
• Track record of writing successful family or private foundation grant applications
• Ability to work flexibly and creatively in on a team

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume outlining your grant writing experience, fee expectations and availability to Charles Swartz, Program and Communications Manager, U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation at  Questions?  Please give Charlie a call at 202.204.3102.